From zero to 100 MW in 60 days – Tesla’s impressive speed is not merely reserved for the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The U.S. firm, headed by doyen of the tech and entrepreneurial world Elon Musk, has today turned on the world’s largest battery in South Australia – some 40 days ahead of schedule.
The 100 MW (129 MWh) Hornsdale Power Reserve neighbors the Hornsdale Wind Farm – owned and operated by French renewable developer Neoen – and has been developed to deliver stability and greater reliability to South Australia’s state electricity grid. The size of the battery reserves is enough to power 30,000 households local households.
Having been bedevilled by a period of electricity supply instability at the beginning of the year, South Australia’s governors were wrestling with the challenge of keeping the lights on, particularly during the hottest days of the year when air conditioning units across the state are switched on en masse.
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